1. Welcome To Sylvan Heights Bird Park

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    The welcoming video played inside the lobby of Sylvan Heights Bird Park, in Scotland Neck, North Carolina.

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    • Winged Invasion: The Blackbirds of Scotland Neck

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      They shot firecrackers, banged pots and pans, even doused the offenders with soap and water dropped from airplanes: With help from the federal government, Scotland Neck residents tried to shoo away an estimated 6 million blackbirds that had invaded the town in 1969 and 1970—and had made life quite miserable. Lisa Sorg received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from CDS in December 2010. By day, she is the editor of INDY Week. She lives in Durham. She has been attacked by a blue jay and chased by a goose. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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      • Sylvan Heights of Scotland Neck

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        Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Breeding Center is the largest waterfowl park in the United States. It gives visitors an unforgettable, up-close experience with over 2,000 ducks, geese, swans, and other exotic birds from around the world. It opened in 2006 primarily due to the efforts of one man—Mike Lubbock, affectionately known as the Waterfowl Man. Christine Ryan Harland was born in New York City and now lives in Greenville. After many years working in the film industry, she now pursues her own creative vision of filmmaking as a way of provoking social change. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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        • The Story of Scout Pond

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          Dug with hand tools by Scotland Neck boy scouts and local farmers during the Depression, the Scout Pond was a center of activity every summer for hundreds of area citizens for nearly forty years. A wonderful place for swimming, socializing, and connecting with others, it’s a very fond memory for many to this day. Martha Weeks Daniel received her Certificate in Documentary Arts in 2007. In 2009, she directed and produced the documentary Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners. She is from Rocky Mount and runs a small advertising agency specializing in graphic and website design. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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          • School Days: Education in Halifax County Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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            This film focuses on the opportunities and challenges of schools in Halifax County. It traces their evolution from segregation through desegregation and up to the present day, and also looks to the future. Tom Adams grew up in rural Wake County and attended the US Naval Academy. After service in the Navy, he held positions in engineering and R&D with major chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Now retired, he has been taking courses at CDS. This is his second Anytown project. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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            • Regeneration Development Group

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              Phyllis Chavis and the Regeneration Development Group offer career counseling, support, and training to residents of Scotland Neck. How does their “personal touch” help job seekers struggling to find their way up in a town with one of the highest rates of unemployment and poverty in North Carolina? Susan Barco lives in Durham and loves hearing people’s stories in her work as a documentary filmmaker (Streamside Media LLC) and in her volunteer work as a community mediator in district court and at the Conflict Resolution Center. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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              • 1280

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                A portrait of local business owner Leroy Powell. Alongside his son Duane, Leroy owns and manages a barbershop and a gospel radio station. Durham native Jon Ricker is a certificate student at CDS. An enthusiastic new filmmaker, “1280” is his debut film. Read more about the Anytown, USA class and see the other Scotland Neck videos at http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/18595.

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                • Regeneration Development Group

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                  from Susan Barco / Added

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                  Phyllis Chavis and the Regeneration Development Group offer career counseling, support and training to residents of Scotland Neck. What does their "personal touch" mean to job-seekers who are struggling to find their way up in a town with one of the highest rates of unemployment and poverty in North Carolina? This film was produced as part of the Spring 2013 Anytown USA: Scotland Neck continuing education class at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Instructor: Randy Benson. Directed, shot and edited by Susan Barco working as Streamside Media LLC.

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                  • Winged Invasion: The Blackbirds of Scotland Neck

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                    from Lisa Sorg / Added

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                    In 1969 and 1970, an estimated 6 million blackbirds—grackles, cowbirds and starlings—descended on the small town of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. This is a short documentary about how the town and federal investigators grappled with the noise, droppings and the tourists. Safe for work. Running time: 8:42.

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                    • Growing Peanuts in Halifax County

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                      A work in progress, this project was started before the peanut planting and growing season began so I will be going back throughout the year to film more of the process.

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